June 2007 Thought for the Week:
"We are witnessing in the
world to-day the culmination of an age long conflict between reality and superstition.
As far back as history extends, superstition has been used as a tool, perhaps
the most powerful tool, to hold humanity in bondage. I am strongly of [the] opinion
that its last fortress is in finance. What I might call the hypnotism of money,
the idea that it was a thing in itself, and that its plentifulness or scarcity
was a controlling factor in the prosperity or adversity of each one of us, has,
while inflicting untold misery on millions, placed almost unlimited power in the
hands of the witch doctors who were custodians of its secret.
If those days
are not yet over, I still believe them to be passing very quickly. I think that
the day is coming very soon when neither publicity will control credit, nor credit
be able to control publicity, but that both will be servants of reality."
- - C.H. Douglas in "Publicity and Credit," New Britain
Vol. 1, No. 2 January-March, 1933
ABC AND THE GLOBAL WARMING DEBATE:The
CEC of Australia are to be commended for their timely warning the 'climate change
global mafia' were pressuring the ABC not to show the BBC programme "Great
Global Warming Swindle" at a future date.
The ABC TV has confirmed it
has acquired the rights to broadcast the programme in Australia. The CEC advise:
For a recorded message of this confirmation, you can call the ABC on 02 8333 4251.
CEC have sent out a request that Aussies "call the ABC switchboard on 02
8333 1500 and insist that it be played A.S.A.P." If necessary, the CEC say:
"ask to speak to Program Manager Kim Dalton."
The BBC programme charges
'climate change' is a natural phenomenon and it is the sun that affects the earth's
climate rather than mankind's puny activities.
A MORE RESPONSIBLE APPROACH NEEDED?
It is nearly sixty years since Geoffrey Dobbs wrote his book, "On
Planning the Earth". The first Part was written and published in 1944, and was
concerned with defending the soil against wholesale interference by remote financial
and political agencies. Geoffrey insisted: "You cannot enforce good farming by
laws, restrictions and penalties. Such an idea can arise only from a childish
misconception of the complexity of the links between men, animals, plants, micro-organisms,
and the soil."
The Second Part was written
five years later, during which the Tennessee Valley with its huge hydro-electric
power had produced the first Atom Bomb. He observed: "So much, then, for all that
splendid and heavily financed 'ecological' jargon about grass-roots democracy
and conservation which was used to 'sell ' the TVA in the I930's and has now become
so innocently fashionable among the 'Greens' over the years." (Sound familiar?
He saw the development and direction of Modern
Science had become so distorted there were "deep penetrations" in certain directions,
which not only served the purposes of power and money, but weren't balanced in
other directions, such as the environment. This imbalance resulted in many insoluble
Where are the bees?
Beekeepers in America
and Europe are perplexed as to the disappearance of their bees. Australian beekeepers
are exporting bees to America to make up for the shortfall, but I am told by folk
in the field, they also are disappearing.
Could it be that what is happening
to the bees in America and Europe is more the result of the effects from microwave
radiation emitted by mobile phones and towers? Is it a case of the scientists
not considering the long-term effects of their inventions on other forms of life,
such as the bees?
What Geoffrey Dobbs wrote
nearly sixty years ago bears repeating: "
Such an idea can arise only from a
childish misconception of the complexity of the links between men, animals, plants,
micro-organisms, and the soil."
JUST THE BEES ARE IN TROUBLE
on the 'climate change mafia' does not mean we believe human beings can destroy
their own environment, can 'foul up their own nests', and not suffer the consequences.
The following report from the UK could be a warning modern inventions have
a serious down side not yet taken into account.
"It is being reported that
sparrows began to disappear from the cities at least four years ago in Britain,
as mobile phones grew in popularity. Third generation (3G) mobile phones were
introduced in 2003, and there were over 65 million users in the UK by the end
of 2005, more phones than people.
Scientists at the Research Institute for
Nature and Forests in Brussels, Belgium, have produced the first evidence that
mobile phone base stations are affecting the reproductive behaviour of wild sparrows.
This finding comes as mobile phones are held suspect in the massive collapse of
bee colonies all over the United States and Europe (Mobile Phones and Vanishing
Bees, SiS 34).
Joris Everaert and Dirk Bauwens wanted to know if the low intensity
microwave radiation from mobile phone base stations has any effect on the number
of house sparrows during the breeding season. They identified 150 locations distributed
over six residential districts in Gent, Sint and Niklaas in the province of East
Flanders, where they counted the number of male house sparrows and measured the
strength of electromagnetic radiation from base stations.
The study areas were similar, with abundant hedges,
bushes, and other vegetation between the houses, and one or more GSM (Global System
for Mobile Communications) base stations nearby. All locations were along small
roads within the residential areas and at variable distances from the nearest
GSM (mean 352 m, range 91-903 m, about 90 percent at 100-600 m).
when the weather was favourable, so male sparrows would be out singing, the researchers
went to each location between 7 and 11 am, and using binoculars, counted the number
of male sparrows within a radius of about 30 m for a period of five minutes. Simultaneously,
they measured the maximum value of the electric field strength (in V/m) from the
GSM 900 MHz and GSM 1800 MHz base station antennas during 2 minutes for each frequency
band, using a portable calibrated high-frequency spectrum analyser. Everaert and
Bauwens found that the number of house sparrow males varied between zero and four
at the different locations. The measured electric field strengths were seldom
higher than 1V/m, and most often well below that value.
the spatial variation in the number of house sparrow males was negatively and
highly significantly correlated to the strength of electric fields from both the
900 and 1800 MHz frequency bands and from the sum of these bands. This negative
correlation was very similar within each of the six districts, despite differences
in both the number of birds and radiation levels.
Fewer house sparrow males were seen at locations
within relatively high electric field strengths of GSM base stations. For example,
the mean number of male sparrows varied from 1.9 at the combined field intensity
of 0.13 V/m to 0.8 at a combined field intensity of 0.247 V/m.
though preliminary, do support the hypothesis that long-term exposure to higher
levels of radiation negatively affects the abundance or behaviour of house sparrows
in the wild. Fewer males singing would mean less breeding success.
storks breeding success plummets near mobile phone transmitters:
are not the only wild birds affected. Phone masts were found to actually reduce
the breeding success of white storks in Spain. Alfonso Balmori, a conservation
biologist in Valladolid, Spain, reported a significantly lower number of white
stork (Ciconia ciconia) fledglings in nests close to mobile phone transmitters
compared to nests further away.
the breeding success of the white stork population, 60 nests were selected and
visited from May to June of 2003. The selected nests had similar characteristics.
They were located on the roof of churches and buildings inside urban centres in
Valladolid. As the cell phone transmitters are everywhere, very few places had
zero background intensity. So nests were chosen that were exposed at very high
or very low levels of EMR, depending on the distance from the nests to the antennas."
David Flint's Opinion Column:
Understandably offended by the removal
of the Crown from the badge of the AIF in a TV news broadcast, Mr. David Caldwell,
one of our (ACM's) readers, sent the following letter to Channel 7 and to the
"Dear Sir/ Madam,
I noticed on the news broadcast in Sydney tonight
(23 April 2007) that the badge of the Army-- or the Australian Imperial Force
at the time of the ANZACs-- had been manipulated. The Crown at the centre of the
badge had been removed and replaced with an "A". This manipulated badge was employed
both in the headline and in subsequent captions. I find it very offensive that
ATN 7 thinks it appropriate to modify that badge.
of my forbears, in the 1st and 2nd World Wars, served Australian forces in the
service of the Crown. I need not remind you that ANZAC stands for Australia and
New Zealand Army Corps, being Corps of the Imperial Forces. Those of my forbears
who fought (and several died) for the common principles of the Empire, as you
will find inscribed on many memorials, fought "For King and Empire". I know that
much of the media has continued to pursue a republican agenda, and to this end
has sought to manipulate history and our national symbols to purge them of our
institutional and cultural heritage. Usually it is just annoying, but in this
instance it is outright offensive that so direct and glaring manipulation be made.
It seems absolutely bizarre to me that Channel 7 thinks it appropriate to
remove the central symbol of the Army badge and replace it with an "A".
ATN 7's recent misjudgements relating to a pre-dawn service, I would have thought
there would be a greater degree of caution over manipulating the symbols of our
national and institutional heritage. Please, when employing the army badge in
news coverage (appropriately enough for ANZAC day coverage), do not modify it
or play on it to satisfy personal or commercial agendas.
sincerely, David Caldwell."
Mr. Caldwell has informed us that in subsequent programmes on
Channel 7, the badge was presented faithfully without modification. It is of course
unacceptable that even on one occasion the media should do this. During the referendum
campaign, one newspaper had a daily column presenting the views of various people
in the debate.
It came out under the title " Crown or Country", with drawings
of a Crown, and by way of contrast, an Australian soldier's slouch hat. A major
television network regularly filmed people in different locations putting voting
balls into plastic containers similarly marked.
The implication in each case
was clear - patriotic Australians could only vote for the republic. But research
undertaken by the ANU after the referendum concluded that those who voted "No"
were more patriotic than those who voted "Yes."
THE TSUNAMI-WAVE NUMBERS TO DELUGE US
is not just the League of Rights warning Australians of the immigrant-tsunami
washing over our land. Michael Pascoe in crikey.com.au 17/5/07 writes:
migrants next year -- but keep it to yourself.
"We'll decide who comes
to Australia -- lots and lots of people in ever-increasing record numbers," John
Howard didn't say yesterday amidst all the reporting on wages inflation remaining
But the big elephant in the living room is the record and rising supply
of labour from overseas.
John Howard won't
be campaigning as Australia's greatest champion of immigration and multiculturalism
despite overseeing the importation of nearly 300,000 people in the 2006-07 financial
year. Such irony.
Instead, the Government is downplaying
migration numbers. Minister Kevin Andrew's Budget media release announced an increase
of 5000 in the skilled migrant category to give a migration program total of 152,800.
Overlooked in that release was the 13,000-strong humanitarian migration category.
Along with another few hundred in the "special eligibility" category, the total
is about 166,000.
The big wheeze though
is excluding our 'guest workers' from the total.
In the nine months to
the end of March, we took in 34,170 guest workers on four-year 457visas plus another
30,290 dependents (very many of whom also work). If that rate is maintained in
the June quarter, the total for the year will be 85,548 -- up from 71,150 last
financial year. Anecdotally, there's certainly no slowing in the growth of 457s,
which would mean we should crack the 100,000 next year. (Indeed, some semi-skilled
categories are edging into the system, such as aged-care workers and truck drivers.)
Also not counted as part of the official migration figures are citizens of
New Zealand. In the last financial year, 23,781 of them settled here. Let's assume
the stronger Australian economy continues to attract them at that rate and round
the number to 24,000. That gives a total of 290,000 newcomers.
wait, there's probably more.
Also tucked away in the Budget was a new
visa category for foreign students who have completed professional training here.
It will allow them to work for 18 months while they gain professional experience
in their field of study and improve their English.
It's considered a "transitional"
visa -- neither temporary or permanent -- but looks like being given to many who
previously would have gone straight for the "skilled migration" permanent category.
Could there be 10,000 of them? I don't know -- but it would round out the numbers
to a neat 300K.
And the really neat thing is that cherry-picking such large
numbers of mainly young, skilled, well-educated migrants allows us to circumvent
the problems of our demographics and our own lack of investment in education.
Nice work, Johnny -- but I suspect you won't make an issue of it."